Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec

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Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec

Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec
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The site of a former Aztec zoo, its present incarnation, open since the 1920s, is best known for its Russian pandas.
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plgarlepied
New Orleans, LA1,236 contributions
Jun 2021
We went to the zoo today (Friday 6/11)& it was an enjoyable 2-2.5 hours. Some sections were closed off(maybe from “covid closure” in the past?🤷‍♀️) but I felt that for a FREE zoo, that I was very pleased with my visit. There is a booth outside the entrance that will hold your bags for a fee, but you ARE able to carry your backpacks inside the zoo. There was a small charge for the butterfly exhibit which I didn’t do, so can’t comment. The bathrooms were very clean & cost 5 pesos. **One thing to note: they are open until 4:30 tue-sun, but when we exited today at 3:10, the entrance was already closed**
Written June 11, 2021
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Andres-PG
Heredia, Costa Rica128 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
I took my 10 years old kid to this zoo and he loved it... Lots of animals and birds... Located at Bosque de Chapultepec it is perfect for a walk and a time with family and kids... You can reach the zoo by taking public transportation like the bus or metro, entrance is for free however you can leave a cash contribution to support the zoo
Written March 9, 2020
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GnMe
Menomonie, WI306 contributions
Mar 2020
No, it's not Disney, but neither does it cost $100+ to get in. This is a free zoo and we saw many families there enjoying the animals - families who wouldn't be able to afford an expensive entrance ticket. The exhibits are definitely not large "natural habitat" enclosures, but neither are they square concrete blocks. A lot of them looked pretty old and tired, and many were just empty. It was obvious that at one time the zoo was in much better shape and even had a row of fast-food places, all of which were closed.
The animals were not starving and were not pacing the fences like they would be if too tightly confined. Our big disappointment was the pandas. They're what we went to see, of course. They have a nice, outdoor enclosure, but were inside, behind a glass so darkly tinted that you could barely see anything through it. About all we saw was the reflection of everyone trying to catch a glimpse of the pandas! If we get back sometime we'd try going in the morning. They maybe put them inside where it's cooler in the afternoon. Good for them, bad for us.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ruth V
7 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
This zoo is a joke. It is dirty, the animals have rashes on them and don’t seem well taken care of.
To top it off the “Paqueteria” advertises $12 pesos to hold your bag but on weekdays - supposedly- they charge $20 pesos. I asked the lady where its written thats the charge and she said she “indicates” us that. What a flipping laughable rip off.
Written May 6, 2021
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Trencherman
Leeds, UK550 contributions
Nov 2019
We arrived early and had the park to ourselves, but empty of people and animals. Very sad concrete enclosures with dirty glass and filthy water pools. I did see a panda asleep and I thought even that area, famous at the zoo was poor, dated and not what people want to see in 2020. Animals deserve far better than offered in Chapultapec Zoo.
Written January 14, 2020
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AAGPT
Mexico City, Mexico96 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited this zoo today, it was a sad and disappointing experience. The place was very dirty and decayed.
The animals seemed very anxious, stressed and neglected. All the enclosures were very small and didn’t show any signs of constant maintenance. Most enclosures didn’t have any animals.
It was a very sad and depressing experience, it was a shame to see such beautiful creatures living in these conditions.
Written February 15, 2020
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grip652
Collierville, TN772 contributions
Jan 2020
I've been to many zoos in big cities, but I haven't seen any that depressed me more than this one. It definitely needs cleaning and updating. It's free so people can come and see the animals, and I guess if you have not been to other zoos you won't know how depressing it can be. We did see the Russian Pandas--lounging on platforms. I didn't know if they were tired or just old. There is a good mural that gives the lineage of the pandas.
Written February 18, 2020
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samtronMexicoCity
Panama City, Panama6 contributions
Like others here I am not an avid visitor of zoos. However, I have been to a number in the UK including London Zoo and several in Europe and would say this is about the best. The Zoo is spotlessly clean. The animals appear well cared for and there is plenty to see. Indeed we got there are 2.00pm on a Saturday and as the zoo closes at 5.00pm we didnt see everything so went back again on the Sunday! Admission is free although a small charge (30 pesos per person) is made for particular attractions such as the snake and butterfly enclosures. Sunday is indeed very busy with lots of families so patience is a virtue. An observation on what others have said here - yes the signs are in Spanish but then we are in Mexico!!! The reviewer commenting on the state of the animals etc was clearly visiting another zoo to me - indeed I have included some photos so that all can see the animals were well cared for.
Written September 17, 2008
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Chocstar
Wales1 contribution
Im not really one for Zoos either however we too were intrigued by the pandas. What we found were animals in cages or pens way too small for them. Im in no way an animal expert of any kind but the female Baboons looked like they had tumors on their backsides and looked quite ill. The hippos teeth looked like they were growing out at all angles and some were so long they nearly stuck out of its mouth. One of the hippos yawned right in front of us and I had to take a picture (which I will be emailing along with my concerns to the Various Worldwide animal welfare organisations). Also I second the bad smell in the zoo. The Hippos "pond" smelled of urine and faeces so bad that hardly anyone could stay long enough to look at them!
The Rhino paced back and fore in front of us and just looked in a daze. Also the poor elephants. One was on its own on full view to the public with no visible food or water and was just rocking back and fore on the spot. If that wasn't upsetting enough to see we noticed a second elephant inside. He was chained up by his one front leg and one back leg and was just shaking his head back and fore quite fast! I had to leave then as it was just too upsetting.
Dont go to this Zoo!! Cruelty isn't the word...no wonder its free!
Written June 10, 2008
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paukaney
Bromborough, UK19 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
We went to the zoo back in 2012 and were amazed at how well kept and beautiful it was. We went back last March, this time with our son, and were shocked to see how deteriorated it was. It looked run down, the animals didn’t look happy and the smells in some areas were awful.
Overall it was a sad experience. I know the entrance is free but it’s obviously struggling... wouldn’t mind paying a little money to go in if it meant seeing the animals in better conditions.
Written April 12, 2019
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